All You Pretty Girls

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"All You Pretty Girls" is a song written by Andy Partridge of the English rock band XTC, released on their 1984 album The Big Express. It peaked at number 55 on the UK Singles Chart, and its music video cost £33,000 to make. Partridge remembers that song came about while he was "dicking around, playing some Hendrix. ... I was just playing this little two-note, quasi-Hendrix thing, and I liked the inherent melody in it. It felt like a really archaic old folk melody."With the exception of the opening, all the drum sounds in the recording were made with a LinnDrum. The choir sounds were a Mellotron sample played out of a speaker inside a fire bucket. 


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Do something for me, boys 
If I should die at sea, boys 
Write a little note, boys 
Set it off afloat, saying 

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Village and city girls by the quayside 
Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Watching and waiting by the sea 

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Quiet or witty girls by the quayside 
Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Watching and waiting there for me

I think about your pale arms waving 
When I see the caps upon the green 
And the rocking roller-coaster ocean 
Think about you every night when I'm fathoms asleep 
And in my dreams 
We are rocking in a similar motion 

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Village and city girls by the quayside 
Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Watching and waiting by the sea 

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Quiet or witty girls by the quayside 
Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Watching and waiting there for me

I think about the salt sea rolling 
Down in pearly tears upon your cheeks 
Just like the day the harbor pulled away 
I think about your warm white sheets unfolding 
The more I have to drink 
The more that I can think to say

Do something for me, boys 
If I should die at sea, boys 
Write a little note, boys 
And set it off afloat, saying 

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Village and city girls by the quayside 
Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Watching and waiting by the sea

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Quiet or witty girls by the quayside 
Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Watching and waiting there for me

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Village and city girls by the quayside 
Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Watching and waiting by the sea 

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Quiet or witty girls by the quayside 
Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Watching and waiting there for me

Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Village and city girls by the quayside 
Bless you, bless you, all of you pretty girls 
Watching and waiting by the sea

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XTC

XTC was a New Wave band from Swindon, England, active between 1977 and 2005. The band enjoyed some chart success, including the UK and Canadian hits "Making Plans for Nigel" (1979) and "Senses Working Overtime" (1982), but are perhaps even better known for their long-standing critical (rather than commercial) success. more »

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Written by: ANDY PARTRIDGE

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